Publishing the movie

A number of options for publishing your movie to the web are also included within Movie Maker. Situated on the home tab, to the left of the 'save movie' button, you will see the publish options. These are services that allow the upload of your creation to a streaming site, social network or cloud sharing account. The output options of your movie will be restricted to formats suitable for each site.

UHI Media Library (Helix)

The UHI Media Library is a streaming service for use by University staff to upload, categorize and control access to their digital resources.

This service works in a similar fashion to most popular video streaming sites such as Youtube, and will automatically re-encode your video to support multiple devices. The access to this video can be restricted by the uploader, it may be embedded in a BlackBoard mashup or other website, and a download option may also be provided. When uploading to Helix you should upload the highest quality movie you can as the Helix service will re-encode it into the various other formats.

For help using the UHI streaming server or other aspects of video editing and source capture see the Mahara help pages

Recommendations for video production for use in online material

If you are creating a video for use in online materials we suggest you use the following recommendations:

Audibility Where video contains audio content, audio must be normalised using an application like Adobe Audition. In order to test the audio levels, make use of the BBC iPlayer: speech radio on the iPlayer can be a useful benchmark for recorded speech.
Captions Captions introducing speakers appear on the screen for 5 seconds in total. The caption should appear in full for 3 seconds, then subtly fade away over the final 2 seconds.

Caption to include: Speaker, Subject, Video source and Video length.
Caption wording: Speaker, Subject from Video Source (X minutes X seconds)
Embedding content Due to problems with embedded content inside the VLE, videos should not be embedded in HTML content. Instead, a link to the video should be included along with iconography showing that the link is to a video.
Streaming server The UHI streaming server is now in place; full guidance on uploading and embedding to follow.

All videos should be stored in the streaming server to reduce learning material package file sizes. The streaming server can accept files of the following types and produces a variety of embed codes:

*.avi, *.flv, *.mov, *.mp3, *.mp4, *.mpg, *.wav, *.wma, *.wmv

When uploading files to the streaming server, users are prompted to attach additional associated files, such as transcripts, at the time of upload.

Note that when uploading video to the streaming server you must ensure you have the permission of all rights holders. Refer to the Recording of taught sessions policy for guidance.

Titles Titles should include a subtle drop shadow or outline to ensure legibility when there is little contrast between background and foreground.
Transcript If video is considered core content, an accessible alternative must be supplied.

When creating video resources for a project ensure time is allocated for creating transcripts.

Transcript wording: 'Download a transcript of this summary.'

Transcripts should be uploaded to Helix and stored in any HTML resources.

Where video recordings are included in resources such as Virtual Tours, the transcript should be contained inside the resource to ensure the resource is reusable.
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